Lindsey is challenging the decision thereby forcing the matter to a formal hearing (State Office of Administrative Hearing) to decide her fate.
Only those privy to the hearing know what was said. However, DVM360.com have provided us with some interesting titbits.
The DVM360.com site states:
“For the TBVME, there seems to be no ambiguity regarding her guilt. The complaint plainly states, “Respondent [Lindsey] shot an orange, male cat through the head using a bow and arrow.” Further, the complaint criticizes Lindsey for boasting of the kill on her Facebook page and refers to the cat as “Tiger,” which it says was owned by Bill and Claire Johnson who lived across the street from Lindsey’s home. Facts the Austin County district attorney said the grand jury could not confirm.”
The TBVME concluded, “Respondent intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly killed or caused serious bodily injury to Tiger in a cruel manner without the Johnsons’ effective consent. Therefore, Respondent committed animal cruelty.”
“Veterinarians occupy positions of public trust, and a veterinary license assures the public that a licensee is fit to hold that position…A veterinary license offers a unique opportunity to commit animal cruelty.”
The TBVME also made it clear that animal cruelty is at odds with practicing veterinary medicine (yes, that is an obvious point but it needs to be stated). Also as Lindsey documented her actions on social media presenting her behaviour as those of an “exemplary veterinarian”, she connected the veterinary profession with animal cruelty (a point I happened to have made too).
For the TBVME there was no other sanction other than the revocation of her license that would protect the public from “Lindsey’s poor professional character”.
We await the outcome of the State Office of Administrative hearing which I understand will take place in Feb 2016.
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